I have been struggling for a long time with pain meds, injections, pain mixed with weakness, etc... I found a good doctor in Jan/Feb 14, who is giving me the best solution he can. I agreed to an SCS implant, but that process started in late JAN.
So, I waited, got injections to help during the wait (his idea), waited, got a psych eval (required by ins), waited.... called around... waited.. got a premature approval.... waited... and finally got approvals last week! I had to wait over the weekend, but I got scheduled yesterday for a trial surgery next week. Four months later I finally got it!
I am looking at my approval letter and want to frame it.
I just had to tell someone the news!
L4-L5 fused at birth (congenital malformity). L-5-S1 bulge/degeneration, L3-L4 bulge/degeneration. Permanent nerve damage L5-S1 and L3-L4. Fused C5-C7.